For many in higher education or embarking on a journey through higher education, it is the ideal to do a postgraduate degree to add the cherry on the top and to do so at the best-known institution related to the particular course being studied. These are oftentimes international institutions of higher learning (universities and colleges), and in the new normal, the possibility of studying wherever you need and want to be can still be achieved from the comfort of your own home.
Gone are the times where you would have been required to apply for international study visas, travel abroad, and learn and engage in entirely new cultures and customs to get your degree. The rise of online learning has entirely changed the process of international study,and many argue that the current changes are simply the tip of the iceberg.
The rise of online learning
Online learning has shown serious growth over the last 10 years or so. The combination of the internet and education has seen remarkable innovation and development in the sector. Not only is it worth much more than anyone would have imagined and will be worth $350 billion by 2025, but there is more being taught online than anywhere else at the moment. There are so many online learning platforms that have arisen,and together with the movement online by branded and well-known universities and colleges around the world, it is a sector that has become highly saturated and incredibly competitive in the last few years.
What you need to engage with online learning
There are certain basics that you will need to be able to interact with an international online course. The three aspects mentioned below are the most basic and must form thefoundationalbasis of any online study.
Tech: – Without the right technology, it will be impossible to engage with online learning in any way, shape, or form. The hardware, software, and cloud connectivity are all key technical considerations that you need to have made before you will be able to cogently undertake any online study. Furthermore, with regard to technology, there may also be the need for translation software to allow you to engage with the lectures should they be delivered in a language that is not your first language. Start simply and don’t be looking to engage with Virtual reality and augmented reality technology for real-time classes unless you have the funds for this and are able to maintain and effectively use the technology. To begin with, keep it simple and ensure that connectivity is consistent and ongoing.
Time: – One of the main reasons for non-completion has been the lack of time for the specific online course undertaken. It is worth being clear from the outset as to how much time you have to commit to your studies before your sign up and pay for anything. Just because you can sign up for a professional MA education online and have the requisite entry requirements, unless you have the time for detailed postgraduate research and study, then perhaps you need to re-think this. Take a lesser course or break it up into sections that your current available time will allow for.
Temperament:- there is a particular online etiquette and temperament that will be required to persevere and do well in an online learning environment. A simple thing like being able to wait your turn to interject or add to the discussion, raising your electronic hand before you speak, and keeping your audio on mute while you are in a discussion group. These are simply taught etiquettes and must be adhered to if to are to get the best from an international online course.
The benefits of international study
The one aspect of online education that has not been at the forefront of what’s being discussed and written about is the ability to embark on highly-rated international courses and degrees from wherever you are. It is one of the most beneficial experiences for students to travel and study abroad, where they will encounter different learning and teaching cultures as well as being able to mix and integrate with the top minds in their chosen field.There are over 4.6 million international students across the globe with 16 main host nations: the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Germany, France, Japan, New Zealand, China, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Russia, Finland, and India the biggest host countries.
The internet has managed in the last few years to create a truly global village, and this has been directly transferred to the education and learning sector and has arguably positively influenced the myriad of online courses that are now available.
This move has been further affected by the fact that the recent pandemic has affected the ability of international students to travel, and as such, both students and institutions have looked to the online sector to bridge this gap and provide for the numerous international students across the globe.Being able to study at the best school, university, or college for your particular subject or course is now a seamless process and possible if you go online.
The online sector has proven to be the best means of democratizing knowledge and information,and withthe new technology instituted around real-time translation and interpretation, it is even possible to learn an International online course without having a detailed understanding of the language the course is being taught in.
The internet has changed the way that all forms of education and study are now being made available and accessed across the globe. Never has it been easier to find a course and access it from anywhere in the world. As long as you have done your research, made sure that you have the requisite qualifications for entry and the financial wherewithal for the entire course, then you too can gain an international qualification from any institution that has their offerings online.Finally, all this is also now achievable from the comfort and security of your home.